The traditional view among Jews is to regard same-sex relationships as categorically forbidden by the Torah. Reform Judaism[ edit ] Ed and Eddie under the huppah, An ad hoc committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis CCAR has declared same-sex relationships worthy of affirmation through Jewish ritual, but leaves it up to individual rabbis whether to officiate such rituals. Orthodox Judaism[ edit ] Orthodox Judaism maintains the traditional Jewish bans on both sexual acts and marriage amongst members of the same sex. In the CCAR passed a resolution approving same-sex civil marriage. Organizations have been established to assist Jews struggling with the perceived dichotomy between living a traditional Jewish life and being homosexual. Nehirim , is a national community of l LGBTQ Jews, families, and allies, committed to a more just and inclusive world. As the issue of same-sex marriage has broached the forefront of social and political consciousness in the United States over the past few years, it has also become more prevalent in the Jewish community as well. Conservative Judaism Share this Background One of the four leading branches of Judaism, the Conservative Movement also known as Masorti Movement outside of the United States and Canada is intent on integrating contemporary societal values with religious and cultural traditions. For personal guidance on participating fully in a Conservative congregation, email religion hrc. Our Movement recognizes and celebrates marriages, whether between partners of the same sex or the opposite sex. Rabbis have the choice whether to celebrate same-sex marriages, or not. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people should be able to earn a living, provide for their families and contribute to society without fear that who they are or who they love could cost them a job. Also in , the Responsa Committee of the CCAR issued a lengthy teshuvah rabbinical opinion that offered detailed argumentation in support of both sides of the question whether a rabbi may officiate at a commitment ceremony for a same-sex couple. Reform Judaism Ed and Eddie under the huppah, The Union for Reform Judaism formerly known as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations supports the inclusion of same-sex unions within the definition of marriage. We support the decision of those who choose to officiate at rituals of union for same-sex couples, and we support the decision of those who do not.